Profile: LA’s Instrumental Doom Quartet Goliathan

Goliathan
Goliathan

Goliathan are a four piece instrumental doom / post-metal band from Los Angeles, CA that to date have one EP, Awakens, available but over the course of the three songs contained the band cover a ton of territory. “In the Path of the Giant, Technology is Laid to Waste” is an expansive and emotional epic of sprawling post-metal atmosphere while “March of the Mountains” lays down a heavy dose of thought provoking doom metal. How this band isn’t signed yet is a mystery to me. We recently had a chance to ask them our set of Profile questions and they were gracious and extremely generous with their answers so keep reading to see what they had to say and by all means, support them via Bandcamp and if you’re able, get out and support them on the concert circuit. Continue reading

Profile: Danny Sher of Horse Torso

Horse Torso
Horse Torso

We’ve talked before about how chance emails in our inbox can lead to amazing discoveries and an email from Danny Sher, mastermind and drummer, for Brooklyn based experimental group Horse Torso was one such mind bending discovery. This instrumental band also features Baroness bassist Nick Jost and guitarists Will Chapin and Andrew Smiley — together, they offer up a dissonant platter of jazzy, intense and highly improvisational noise rock. Being a fan of jazz and all sorts of experimental music myself, I can honestly say this band challenges me in ways many others can only dream of and I thoroughly enjoy each and every chance I get to try and unravel the mysteries contained in the eight tracks that grace debut full length Wolf Who Cried Boy. The album was released last October and we recently had the chance to ask Danny our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and be sure to support the band via Bandcamp.

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Profile: Lucifer’s Dungeon

Lucifer's Dungeon Cain Black Photo
Lucifer’s Dungeon

Lucifer’s Dungeon released their latest black metal opus Music of Lost Spirits last August. This one man band from Russia has been around since 2008 and have effectively owned their spectrum of evil black metal ever since, just take a look at their name if you need clues. Anyway, Music of Lost Spirits may have flown under your radar but demands an immediate look and listen. On the heels of this release we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say.

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Initial Descent: December 24 – 30, 2017

Pissboiler
Pissboiler

And the countdown to another year begins. Time is always something that mystifies me, particularly how fast it goes. Seems like just yesterday we were all researching our most anticipated albums for 2017 and here we are again, getting ready to seal off the chamber and dive knee deep in more research. Anyway, hope you had a good holiday and cheers to a Happy New Year. This week’s list is quite short but fear not, there’s enough quality to make up for the minimal quantity. First up is some ferocious funeral doom and from a band with a name like Pissboiler I totally expect nothing but some sludgy, nasty and downright sickening doom and with In the Lair of Lucid Nightmares this is precisely what is offered. Next up and quenching a ten year silence is Nortt with the sorrowful, intimate and depressive doom of Endeligt, one must get their mind right to enter here but those that do will be rewarded. Rounding out the top slots and lightening the mood a bit is Morrow on their long player Fallow which is full of hardcore, crust, punk and a ton of killer (look for the LP release in the spring of 2018 on Halo of Flies and Alerta Antifascista). Short week but good stuff to wrap your ears around here so get in there… Continue reading

Profile: John T of Speedblow

Speedblow
Speedblow

Athens, Greece based heavy metal band Speedblow recently released their newest full length When Giants Walked the Earth and somewhere amongst the gruff vocals, melodic grooves and soaring lead guitar work lies a classic and extremely strong heavy metal heart. Modern metal is a crowded place to be which makes it very difficult to stand out. Where Speedblow excels is that while they are technically ‘modern day’ they have a strong foundation steeped in traditional doom, epic heavy metal and a touch of thrash all wrapped tightly in a blanket of laser precise execution. We recently had a conversation with guitarist John T. and asked him our set of Profile questions in an effort to get to know the band better. Read on to see what he had to say and make sure to check out the album streams contained within but be ready to raise your fists in the air.

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